Story Contest

Of Drama and Promise

Of Drama and Promise

Month of March Writing First Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Photo © Photomailbox|Dreamstime.com. The creek in our north pasture has experienced many seasons. It has...

It’s March

It’s March

Month of March Writing Second Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Softly stealing from its shelter,Skipping over hill and vale,Comes the Lamb of Spring-like splendor,Chasing out...

Vanilla

Vanilla

Month of March Writing Third Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive March for my family means vanilla! We live on the edge of a tropical rainforest in southern Belize, which is...

I Am Spring

I Am Spring

Month of March Grand Prize View the full issue in the Magazine Archive In September, my family moved from WI to SC. The change was rewarding, difficult, and full of amazing discoveries as we...

March Means Maple Syrup

March Means Maple Syrup

Month of March Writing Third Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Photo © Ethan Rocke. The oozing mud was over a foot deep, and I was stuck in the middle of it. Revving the...

Birthday Surprise

Birthday Surprise

Black bear. Photo © Anthony Burkholder. One warm summer evening in September, my family was outside eating my little brother’s birthday cake. Suddenly my mother shaded her eyes and exclaimed, “What...

The Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher at nest. Photos © Marlene Burkholder. One sunny May morning, I saw two kingfishers! I assumed they were just flying around and wouldn’t stay long. To my surprise, they seemed to be...

Bear Country Camping

Bear Country Camping

Photo © Elise Weaver. One Sunday afternoon after church, Dad took my sisters and me on an overnight camping trip. We packed our backpacks with sleeping bags, food, and a first aid kit. My older...

In Search of Monarchs

In Search of Monarchs

They say ignorance is bliss. In some ways, I wish I had never taken that summer evening walk.“Mom, could I head out and look for monarchs again?”I’d waited long enough, I thought, for the...

Backcountry Bulls

Backcountry Bulls

Bull elk. Photo © Le Thuy Do/Dreamstime.com. The van slowed, then made its way around yet another sharp curve. I heaved a sigh and settled back in my seat. “I don’t think we’ll ever get there,” I...

Two Dozen Crabs

Two Dozen Crabs

Land crab. Photo © Andrey Gudkov/Dreamstime.com. The cool Bahamian breezes tickle our faces. It is a relief to have some cool moments after this unusually steamy July day. We are following the...

Snow Day

Snow Day

One day last winter, it snowed and covered the yard. Daddy scooped it into a big pile with the backhoe. In the afternoon, our family went out to play. It was a squishy snow, soft and not good for...

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

Photo © JjGouin/Dreamstime.com. I guess it started when a lady said she had a monarch caterpillar for us along with some milkweed to feed it. Although we didn’t know if it would turn out to be a he...

The Day a Fox Visited

The Day a Fox Visited

Red Fox. Photo © Joshua Lloyd. One summer morning Michaela went outside to feed our mini lop bunnies. She had the feeling that something was watching her, and she whirled around to see two squinting...